For some teens, the fight against aging skin is already underway. What are they fighting for?
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Every weekday, Carson Bradley wakes up to the sound of her alarm at 4 a.m. to squeeze in enough time for her “basic” skin-care routine, which usually takes around 25 minutes, before her day begins. She begins by setting the mood, putting on a silk pink robe, lighting a scented candle, and playing music, usually something like Lana Del Rey, in her brightly lit bathroom. Then, she gets to work: double-cleansing and applying toner, vitamin C serum, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, finishing off with two different types of moisturizer. “I use a lot of glycolic acid, because it’s texture smoothing,” she explains. “And I use an excessive amount of moisturizer, even though I don’t have dry skin — it plumps your skin.”
Bradley does all of this again before bedtime, with the addition of a few more eye creams and patches and an over-the-counter retinol. Occasionally, she’ll use a gua sha.
Despite what it sounds like, Bradley isn’t doing this to combat existing wrinkles. She’s 14 years old.